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Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has again called on the Taoiseach to intervene in the case of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt has been repeatedly delayed. 

Meeting with the Halawa sisters from left; Nosayba, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa at Leinster House, Dublin.

Meeting with the Halawa sisters from left; Nosayba, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa at Leinster House, Dublin.

Continued delay in Halawa trial is a serious injustice – FF

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has again called on the Taoiseach to intervene in the case of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt has been repeatedly delayed.

Senator Daly commented: “It is extremely disappointing to see Ibrahim’s trial delayed until December 15th. This is extremely distressing for his family and means he will continue to be detained in Egypt for at least another three months.

“It is high time the Taoiseach involved himself personally in this case. It is not good enough for Enda Kenny to continue to keep this matter at arm’s length. There have been other cases where citizens of other countries have been released or had their cases progressed because of the active involvement of their government with the Egyptian authorities. Why is the Government not fully engaged in Ibrahim’s case?

“I believe there is a strong case at least for Ibrahim to be released on bail pending his trial in December. He has been detained for an extremely long time and the ongoing delays in progressing his case are an injustice. These are the issues I would like to see the Taoiseach raised with the government in Egypt. Ibrahim is an Irish citizen who deserves fair treatment in the legal system in Egypt and the government can and should be doing more to make this case.”


 

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Active Citizenship Bill 2013 successfully produced

The Active Citizenship Bill has been successfully produced by Senator Daly and his team. To read the Bill in its entirety, just look below. To seek any further information on the matter, contact Mark’s office!

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP THROUGH EDUCATION BILL 2013

BILL

 

Entitled

 

An Act to provide for the introduction of a new course in the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate syllabi so as to ensure that students are adequately equipped with life skills prior to the completion of their education at second-level and to provide for related matters.

Interpretation.

  1. In this Act, “Minister” means the Minister for Education and Skills.

 

 

Addition of active citizenship to junior cert syllabus.

  1. (1) The Minister shall, by way of Regulations made under this section, provide for the introduction of an additional subject, termed “Active Citizenship – Part I”, which shall form part of the junior certificate syllabus.

(2) Active Citizenship – Part I shall be–

(a) a compulsory subject, and

(b) examinable as part of the junior certificate examinations.

 

 

Addition of active citizenship to junior cert syllabus.

  1. (1) The Minister shall, by way of Regulations made under this section, provide for the introduction of an additional subject, termed “Active Citizenship – Part II”, which shall form part of the leaving certificate syllabus.

(2) Active Citizenship – Part II shall–

(a) be an optional subject,

(b) attract a maximum of 50 CAO points, and

(b) be examinable as part of the leaving certificate examinations.

Active citizenship course content.

  1. When making regulations under sections 2 of 3 the Minister shall prescribe the course content so as to ensure that the following areas are addressed therein –

(a) mental health,

(b) bullying,

(c) social networks,

(d) suicide awareness and prevention,

(e) alcohol awareness,

(f) drug awareness,

(g) volunteering,

(h) community relations, and

(i) any other topic which the Minister determines to be appropriate.

Regulations.

5.(1) The Minister may make regulations in relation to any matter referred to in this Act as the subject of regulations or for the purposes of enabling any provision of this Act to have full effect.

(2) Every regulation or order made by the Minister shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as practicable after they are made and, if a resolution annulling the regulation, order or rules is passed by either House within the next subsequent 21 days on which that House has sat after the regulation, order or rules are laid before it, the regulation, order or rules shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.

 

Short title and commencement.

  1. This Act may be cited as the Active Citizenship Through Education Bill 2013.

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Irish Flag can now be Flown at Night Thanks to Protocol Change

The protocols for the flying of the Irish flag have been changed to allow the flag to be flown at night, it has been announced. Up to now, it was required that the flag be taken down at sunset according to protocols issued by the Taoiseach’s department.

According to Senator Mark Daly, who is a member of the government’s all-party consultation group on the decade of commemorations beginning with the 1916 Rising, the flag can now be flown at night, provided it is properly illuminated.

flag protocol

According to research, “the history of the tricolour shows that the first time the tricolour flag was flown by Thomas F Meagher was on the March 7, 1848, and it flew continuously day and night until removed by the authorities”

Then, on the second occasion it flow, “from the GPO on Easter Monday 1916 … again it flew day and night until the end of the Rising”.

Thus, the protocols and guidelines have been changed to reflect the history and origins of the flag and allow for the flag to be flown at night once illuminated.

flag protocol irish times

According to a statement issued by Daly’s office, these precedents mean that “it is entirely appropriate to fly the flag with pride and respect at all times”.

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